Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A type of snowmobile.
- ‘Brian was driving the Skidoo, while I was on the back of the sledge.’
- ‘Whether it is soaring 50 feet through the air on a Skidoo or popping tricks on a board in a half pipe, extreme sports thrive on danger.’
- ‘While the Skidoos are mired still again, on another steep switchback below a ridgeline, I wonder aloud whether this route was originally cut for hauling timber.’
- ‘It was an uplifting, exciting feeling to drive the Skidoo pulling only one sledge over a perfectly flat smooth surface.’
- ‘Barbara has driven her Skidoo, loaded with custom-made leg-hold traps and other gear, me riding my skis at the end of a tow rope behind.’
- ‘We returned to camp, hitched one sledge to each Skidoo, then began making our way towards a little rocky hill just north of Kanak Peak.’
- ‘I tested the new route by slowly driving the Skidoo over it.’
- ‘The leading Skidoo didn't have enough gusto to pull up its two fully laden sledges, so we decided to take each sledge up one at a time.’
verb[NO OBJECT]North American
Ride on a Skidoo.‘they spend their free time skidooing down mountains’
- ‘I like to think they spend their free time Skidooing down mountains.’
1960s: an arbitrary formation from ski.
verb[NO OBJECT]North American
Leave somewhere quickly.‘I skidoo and take a trip’
withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hillsView synonyms
- ‘The end of the half-inning was the cue for my guests to skidoo.’
- ‘I sighed, wishing I could skidoo, but it was far too late, far too cold, and I was far too tired.’
- ‘Major shops could skiddoo out of York if the Son of Coppergate scheme isn't given the go-ahead.’
- ‘Perhaps it will give some of those billionaires their cues to skiddoo instead of whining about their inability to compete.’
- ‘Will he have enough money left to buy whatever it is that Blue wants, or will the pooch skidoo back to Steve's house empty-pawed?’
Early 20th century: perhaps from skedaddle. The term is said to have been used originally in reference to male onlookers chased by police from the Flatiron Building, 23rd Street, New York, where the skirts of female passers-by were raised by winds intensified by the building's design.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.